National Tourism Operator Accreditation
Huon Bush Retreats is accredited by the National Tourism Accreditation Program which is an initiative of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania. Accreditation ensures that a business has met a set of nationally endorsed industry standards.
These standards include: Effective business planning; Professional and quality customer service; Accuracy in advertising; Compliance with legislative requirements; Appropriate business licensing and insurance and good environmental practices.
Rainbow Communities Tasmania and Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania, have partnered to provide a training and accreditation program for tourism operators in Tasmania. Tasmania already has excellent anti-discrimination legislation and this accreditation program builds on it to guarantee LGBTIQ visitors a welcoming and inclusive experience.
Huon Bush Retreats is gay owned and operated.
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The AA Diamond Rating System has been designed to assist guests in the decision making process and help choose the type and level of accommodation they would prefer to stay in. The prime objective is to independently and objectively rate and promote Diamond Rated Properties. The AA Diamond Rating System uses state of the art technology and independently and objectively rates all aspects of Accommodation, Cleanliness, Appearance, Amenities, Maintenance and Facilities.
HUON BUSH RETREATS has been awarded honours at the 2011 Tasmanian Tourism Awards.
Huon Bush Retreats won the award for best Unique Accommodation as a carbon positive (Green Globe accredited) retreat offering guests a choice of contemporary, self-contained cabins, deluxe tipees and private campsites against an inspiring backdrop of Tasmanian native forest.
“Huon Bush Retreats is indeed unique. Established in 2004, we are based on conservation values and environmentally responsible infrastructure that includes solar power, fresh rainwater and composting toilets and covenanted protection of large areas of natural habitat.” says co-owner, Paul Dimmick. “The tourism activity provides the income to support the environmental outcomes.”
This is Huon Bush Retreat’s first Tasmanian Tourism winners Award, having been ‘highly commended’ in the Sustainable Tourism category in 2008 and 2009.
Highly commended for excellence in sustainable tourism
Huon Bush Retreats was highly commended for excellence in sustainable tourism at the 2008 and 2009 Tasmanian Tourism Awards.
The Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism examined environmental, community, cultural and economic sustainability.
Huon Bush Retreats operates a unique business model where conservation comes first and tourism income supports the conservation efforts. Most of the 18 Tourism Awards categories had just one clear winner, but where it was difficult to separate two entrants, a “Highly Commended” award was presented in addition to the winner. Following as a close second to the category winner, the Tasmanian Government’s Overland Track, Huon Bush Retreats has been recognised as a high achiever in sustainability. Highly Commended awards were given in only four cases. Huon Bush Retreats feel they are in good company.
“To be recognised as a close second to a national icon such as the Overland Track is an exciting honour”, says co-owner Paul Dimmick.
“The success of our business model and this high commendation award demonstrate that it is possible to place natural values first and sustainably share these values with Tasmanian, Mainland Australian and International visitors.”
“Environmental values are always considered first at Huon Bush Retreats. We initially purchased the property in order to protect the magnificent forest and find a way to share it with others,” says Paul. “Conservation covenants have been applied to the land titles to protect the natural values forever. Human impacts are limited to just 20% of the land, with 80% protected just for nature. Here, you can holiday guilt free, knowing that you are helping to protect the natural values that you are enjoying.”
Huon Bush Retreats wins environmental award
Huon Valley eco-tourism operators, Michael Higgins and Paul Dimmick are the proud recipients of the Nyrstar Environment and Sustainability Award which acknowledges proven passion and dedication to improving the Tasmanian environment.
The award recognises that Huon Bush Retreats works in an ongoing way to overcome the challenges facing our natural world and to overcome the barriers to change that are often encountered in business. Environmental improvements can come in many forms, for example, changing behaviours and patterns of consumption, restoring impacted areas, establishing sustainable business practices, and the protection of threatened species and habitat. Huon Bush Retreats has been recognised as succeeding in all of these areas.
Day visitors and overnight guests can be assured that their holiday is helping do good for the environment. During the awards ceremony, each of the four finalists was asked about their particular environmental endeavours. The MC, Peter Murphy, from Southern Cross Television asked Paul, “How do you manage to balance environmental protection with tourism impacts?”
Paul answered, “Trying to balance it would constantly present ethical dilemmas. Instead we just make sure that everything we do has a large environmental bias. One example is our carbon balance which comes out 3900 tonnes positive per year. That is we take in more carbon than our operations and our guest travel releases.”
Paul went on to thank the great team of staff members at Huon Bush Retreats, including the construction team, our maintenance people, cleaners, bookkeeper and partner Michael. “Without everyone doing their bit, Huon Bush Retreats would not be the success that it is.” says Paul.
He also thanked everyone in the Mount Misery community who have made the private habitat reserve a reality. Located in the Mount Misery Private Habitat Reserve near Ranelagh, Huon Bush Retreats offers guests a choice of self contained cabins, deluxe tipees and private campsites against an inspiring backdrop of protected native forest.
Paul says, “The walks are open to day visitors and we encourage Huon Valley residents to come and enjoy the beauty of the reserve. Please remember this is a habitat reserve, so please leave your dogs at home.”
Trip Advisor Excellence
Huon Valley Escapes member, Huon Bush Retreats, has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”
Land for Wildlife
Land For Wildlife is a voluntary nature conservation scheme. Its aims are to encourage, support and recognise landholders and land managers who are taking a positive approach to the integration of property land management with nature conservation on private land.
Wildlife Tourism Australia
Wildlife Tourism Australia (WTA) is a non-profit organisation established to promote the sustainable development of a diverse wildlife tourism industry that supports conservation.
Huon Bush Retreats is part of Mount Misery Habitat Reserve, an informal private reserve protecting a range of habitats over 14 square kilometres.
Galta is a national network of tourism professionals dedicated to the welfare and satisfaction of all gay and lesbian travellers within and to Australia.
We are part of the Huon Valley Escapes group. Combine Huon Bush Retreats with activities, car hire and extra accommodation locations to build your perfect Huon Valley Escape.
Huon Bush Retreats is committed to working with other local tourism operators to ensure that potential guests have easy access to all the information required to plan a great holiday in the Huon Valley.
Huon Bush Retreats is a proud and original member of the Green Tourism initiative.
Green Tourism was developed in the Huon region and is all about improving the sustainability of the industry. It has been designed to assist operators to assess and reduce their environmental impact, including reducing energy use, water consumption and waste production.
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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